Hyundai refreshes the Tucson after 3 years

Without a doubt, the Hyundai Tucson is still one of the freshest-looking crossovers in the market today because of its distinctive styling. But while that's the case, it's already three years old. What that means is it's ripe to get a minor refresh – or so we thought.

Hyundai has released the initial images of the refreshed Tucson for the global market, featuring minor changes to its exterior design, but a major overhaul in terms of the cabin.

Hyundai updates Tucson with slight exterior tweaks, new interior image

To kick things off, Hyundai introduced some minor tweaks to the parametric grille with more angular lines and a slightly revised LED daytime running light signature. The headlight housing and the area around the front faux skid plates have also been tweaked to create a wider appearance.

While Hyundai has not released images of the rear, the press release says the skid plates have also been integrated into the rear bumper molding. Along with the changes to the body, the Hyundai Tucson also gets a new design for its alloy wheels.

Hyundai updates Tucson with slight exterior tweaks, new interior image

Inside, however, is a totally different story. Hyundai has made substantial changes to the Tucson's interior that you'll think it's an all-new vehicle. The “waterfall” design for the dashboard is no more; there's a brand new dashboard design that houses twin 12.3-inch displays for the infotainment and instrument cluster. The lower part of the dash also features the climate control system with dual knobs and touch-sensitive panels that look similar to the Land Rover Defender.

Other interior changes include a new three-spoke steering wheel with a column-mounted shifter, along with a revised center console.

Hyundai updates Tucson with slight exterior tweaks, new interior image

Hyundai has yet to mention any changes to the Tucson's powertrain, and it's likely that they will carry on offering the Tucson with two engine options – the 2WD 2.0-liter gas with 156 PS and 192 Nm paired to a 6-speed automatic, and the AWD 2.0-liter turbodiesel that puts out 186 PS and 416 Nm of torque paired to an 8-speed auto.

The updated Hyundai Tucson is set to debut by early 2024 in global markets. As for the Philippines however, we should expect it to come at a much later date.